Always liked the Gibson sounds & playability better...but of course, much of that was before actually playing in bands, so maybe that's why I never found the Fender sound appealed to me as much (bedroom tone with the Gibsons?). I've noticed lately that my Nashville Tele is all I'm playing. It's the one that I leave out and play, and the one that I bring when I play in the band, where it really shines. Regardless of the volume in the room or what's going on, the Tele I can hear, and it doesn't have to be loud. Of course, my ears are a bit older and blown-out, so maybe that's part of it also. The Tele also seems to be perfect--for me--in other ways...Strats hang too far to the right; my SG hangs too far to the left. LP's hang too far to the right also. The Tele hangs perfect. It also sits on the lap perfect. This allows upper fret access which is good enough, and if I need to slide (I play slide mostly) higher, I use the non-contoured edges to move the guitar to the left with my right arm. With Strats, they're always moving all over the place, sliding around, can't get a grip on 'em. It never goes out of tune, and the controls are out of the way and simple. I put the knobs at the halfway point and adjust from there. It's really easy to play dynamically this way--sometimes playing quietly with no pick, and then turn up the volume for a split second to play something nasty. I see why people rave about these things, I guess I get it fully now. The Tele is so practical. ...Waxhead...?